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Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Technical Assistance Grant Program

Grants to USA CBOs to Facilitate Apprenticeship Opportunities
and Training Programs for Women in Various Industries

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Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

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08/16/18 4:00 PM EDT Receipt


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Grants to USA community-based organizations to encourage the participation of women in apprenticeship programs. Funding is intended to increase the presence of women in skills training programs to prepare them for employment in those fields. Programs should facilitate retention of women in these industries.

Organizations applying must provide one or more of the following types of technical assistance:
- Developing pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or nontraditional skills training programs to prepare women for those careers;
- Providing ongoing orientations for employers, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women to succeed in those careers; and
- Setting up support groups and facilitating networks for women to improve their retention.

This grant is intended to provide technical assistance to employers and labor unions to encourage employment of women in A/NTO. Non-traditional occupations are those occupations in which women account for less than 25 percent of all persons employed in a single occupational group, and apprenticeable occupations are occupations that are specified by industry, and which must:
- Involve skills that are customarily learned in a practical way through a structured, systematic program of on-the-job supervised learning;
- Be clearly identified and commonly recognized throughout an industry;
- Involve the progressive attainment of manual, mechanical, or technical skills and knowledge; and
- Require related instruction to supplement the on-the-job learning.

Applicants may propose to provide technical assistance to support women’s participation and success in the full range of industries in which women are traditionally underrepresented or disproportionately concentrated in the lower-wage occupations. Such industries include but are not limited to: advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, information technology, and transportation.

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GrantWatch ID#: 128392

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Number of Grants:

Between 2 and 6.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum award: $250,000.

Maximum award: $500,000.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is twelve (12) months beginning on or before September 30, 2018. This performance period includes all necessary implementation and start-up activities.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funds under this grant program, an applicant must be a community-based organization (“CBO”). In awarding grants, the Department will give priority to applications that :
- Demonstrate experience preparing women to gain employment in A/NTO;
- Demonstrate experience working with the business community to prepare them to place women in A/NTO;
- Have tradeswomen or women in nontraditional occupations as active members of the organization, as either employed staff or board members; and
- Have experience delivering TA specifically as defined above, including developing (establishing, expanding and/or enhancing) pre-apprenticeship or nontraditional skills training programs designed to prepare women for careers in A/NTO; providing ongoing orientations for employers, unions, and workers on creating a successful environment for women in A/NTO; and setting up support groups and facilitating networks for women in A/NTO to improve retention.

Definition of a Community-Based Organization: A private non-profit organization (i.e., incorporated under Internal Revenue Service (IRS) §§ 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4)), or an entity that is actively pursuing IRS nonprofit tax-exempt status (which may be a faith-based organization or a Native American organization), that is representative of a community or a significant segment of a community and that has demonstrated expertise and effectiveness in the field of workforce development.

A consortium of CBOs may apply as a single applicant, provided the applicant includes a copy of the consortium agreement that specifies which entity will administer the grant.

Current and former recipients of funds awarded under previous WANTO ACT grant programs, listed on Attachment 1 of the FOA are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. Former WANTO Act grantees must explain, in their “Statement of Need” (Section IV.B.3), how their proposed TA activities are materially different from those already performed using funds awarded through a WANTO Act grant program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by August 16, 2018 by 4:00 PM ET.

This program does not require cost sharing or matching funds. Including such funds is not one of the application screening criteria and applications that include any form of cost sharing or match will not receive additional consideration during the review process. Instead, the agency considers any resources contributed to the project beyond the funds provided by the agency as leveraged resources.

The application process may take as much as four weeks to complete, and this time should be factored into plans for timely electronic submission in order to avoid unexpected delays that could result in the rejection of an application.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For further information about this FOA, please contact Erika Beasley, Grants Management Specialist, Office of Grants Management, at (202) 693-3906. Applicants should e-mail all technical questions to

Address mailed applications to:
The U.S. Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration, Office of Grants Management
Attention: Mr. Jimmie Curtis, Grant Officer
Reference FOA-WB-18-01
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N4716
Washington, DC 20210

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